Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

An update for clinicians and outpatient care givers

NPWT and our knowledge about the efficacy of the treatment has evolved since EWMA published the NPW document in 2017. In this new publication, EWMA will describe the available NPWT technologies and applications and provide hands-on clinical guidance on the use of NPWT. 

The new publication will include solutions such as reticulated open cell foam dressings with through holes with NPWT, as well as disposable NPWT and NPWT combined with compression.

Further, the new NPWT document will address the use of NPWT in community care settings and in connection with telemedicine services. The need for and value of these solutions have been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic and EWMA believes these will remain a central part of effective wound management, also in the future.


With this new publication, EWMA aims to:

  • Provide practical guidance based on the newest evidence and clinical practise
  • Highlight the technological advances and new usage areas
  • Highlight the challenges and opportunities related to the clinical application of all the available NPWT solutions
  • Explore and describe the role of NPWT in the provision of telemedicine services in wound management.

Author group

  • Editor: Luc Téot
  • Editor: Christian Willy
  • Author: Ann-Mari Fagerdahl
  • Adviser: Jan Apelquist

Project timeline

  • Project initiation: Originally planned for early 2021 but due to COVID-19 work on the document was postponed to early 2022
  • Project launch session: EWMA - CICA 2022, Paris
  • Key Session: EWMA 2023, 3-5 May 2023, Milan
  • Expected publication: Autumn 2023

Project sponsors

This project is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from: